About 2,500 Residents Lose Electricity After Power Plant Fire

DECATUR, AR– About 2,500 Empire District Electric customers were without power for over an hour Thursday night. Mike Jones with Empire said a substation equipment failure led to a transformer catching fire. All of Gentry as well as the southern part of Decatur lost power. Crews were able to restore power by re-routing to another substation. Jones said they are in the process of bringing in a replacement unit for the Decatur substation. They are still working to determine what caused the fire.

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